Meet the staff


Matt Rau • Chapter director

Matt is from Elk Grove, California where he lived all his life until attending college at Azusa Pacific University in southern California.  He played baseball, football, wrestled, and ran track throughout high school and continued to run track for the Azusa Pacific Cougars as a decathlete.  Throughout the summers during college Matt was hired by Kanakuk Kamps to work at K-1.  Then he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Exercise Science (Class of 2012) and later attended the Kanakuk Institute (Class of 2015).  He enjoys the outdoors, physical activity, having spontaneous adventures, and meeting new people.  And while his family may be a good distance away, he is so thankful for their support and is so thankful to be a part of this Tri-Lakes KLIFE team.  Matt cannot wait for this team to be continuously humbled and used by the Lord to impact this community each year.

Sarah gaines • women's director

Sarah grew up just a few hours from here in Columbia, MO going to KLIFE from 6th grade on. She attended Oklahoma State University where she graduated in 2015 with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. The following year she attended the Kanakuk Institute where she grew so much in her love for the Lord. Last year she worked for KLIFE in Bartlesville, OK but then moved when she married her sweet husband in May! The past six years Sarah has spent her summers working at Kanakuk K-2. She loves being outside, spending time with friends and family, playing sports, laughing and making fun memories. She is so excited and humbled to get to be a part of all that God is doing here in Branson, MO!